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. >>> right now, the fallout from the latest revelations on nsa surveilance and what the president knew about the active operations. we're waiting to hear more at the white house briefing about to boo gin. also, right now, the obama care website is down at least across parts of the united states again. we're going to have the details of the problems affecting health care gov and a preview ahead of what could be a tough week for the obama administration. >> right now the ellis island museum is opening once again, seeing its first visitors since it was damaged by hurricane sandy last year. hello, i'm wolf blitzer reporting today from washington. we start with the fallout over the latest revelations about spying at the nsa and tapping of world leaders' phones. the big question people are asking now is, what did the president know and when did he know it. i'm joined by chief national security kurt correspondent jim sciutto who has been covering the story. crux of the controversy is what. >> well, the crux right now is what did the preds know and when. there's some conflicting information out ther
or the shutdown. but you've got the nsa surveillance. you've got syria. he's had a very complicated and tough time of it. since he's been re-elected, wolf. you wonder, why do people want a second term? they always end up with so many headaches in a second term. he's had a very hard time getting going. >> how does he -- i assume if the website is fixed by the end of november and people are signing up and big numbers, young people are signing up, and if the whole system is working, people are happy, then he rebounds? >> he might. i think it will tack a long time for people to decide, first of all, whether or not obama care is working. but then he's got another agenda that he's got to sell, immigration reform, for example, and if you look at all of the poll numbers that are coming out, republicans should not take comfort in the fact that the president's numbers are dropping because their numbers are dropping even more. there is a sense of a pox on all of your housing now, after the government shutdown, after the debt ceiling fight, we're in for more fights over, you know, spending cuts and taxes and
of the nsa tapping into the massive search engines and how a cartoon with a smiley face is becoming a bigger part of the story. "newsroom" is back after a break. for those nights when it's more than a bad dream, be ready. for the times you need to double-check the temperature on the thermometer, be ready. for high fever, nothing works faster or lasts longer. be ready with children's motrin. >>> it's a bit of breaking news to pass along this morning. the man behind the nsa leaks has found a job in russia. i'm talk beinget ward snowden and guess what he's going to do? guess what his job is? well i'll give you a hint. he's working, it involves computers, you' give you has hint. i'll let diana magnate tell us. what job did you find in russia? >> reporter: i wish i could give you the name of the company he's working for but we got off the phone from his lawyer an tolly ku kucharena but he says it's a major russian website and works tomorrow november 1st. it seems the lawyer has been consistently saying ever since he was granted asylum at the beginning of august he wants to lead a normal life, the
ready to get grilled this hour. the head of the nsa and the president's top intelligence chief are both standing by to testify. we'll have live coverage. the nsa's decision to spy on american allies. maybe we'll learn something new. >>> hello. i'm wolf blitzer reporting today from washington. it was a repeated promise from president obama. if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan he said it often. but an insurance industry source now says most americans on individual plans will see their existing coverage changed or even cancel. the white house says obama care will mean better more comprehensive coverage but at what the cost? the head of the agency in charge of creating the obama care website was asked about that at a congressional hearing today. >> this man wrote me and said, my wife has been recently informed by her insurance carrier that her health care policy does not comply with the affordable care act. now we must purchase a new policy to get the aim coverage at an 18% increase in our premium. so what happened to the if you like your insurance, you can
he promised in programs like the nsa. the second is more after leadership question. knowing how much political opposition he faced in health care. asking questions necessary to see if this health care program would be working and why when the nsa emerged with such a controversial topic wouldn't he be probing into exactly who we are surveilling. there is a bigger question of leadership that i think historians will wrestle with as we look back on this period. >> this is a great conversation. i want to keep it rolling. next, we want to talk about the influencers. those that have the ear of the president. like our two chiefs of staff is here. and the ones you may not know abo about. we will talk about that next. health decisions. that's health in numbers. unitedhealthcare. we don't have time for stuff like laundry. we're too busy having fun. we get everything perfectly clean by tossing one of these in the wash. and that's it. i wanted to do that. oh, come on. eh, that's my favorite part. really? that's our tide. what's yours? unisom sleeptabs help you fall asleep 33% faster and wake refr
of the nsa and the president's top intelligence chief are both there to testify as anger and suspicion grow over accusations of widespread u.s. spying. the worst of it, tapping the phones of u.s. allies. >> we, all of us in the intelligence community, are very much aware that the recent unauthorized disclosures have raised concerns that you've alluded to, both here in congress and across the nation, about our intelligence activities. we know the public wants to understand how its intelligence community uses its special tools and authorities and to judge whether we can be trusted to use them appropriately. we believe we have been lawful and at the rigorous oversight we've operated under has been effective. >> here are a couple questions. these are the biggies. what did the president know? when did he know it and what specifically depends on who you ask. the senate intelligence committee chaired by diane feinstein, she says, we knew nothing, claiming they were kept in the dark about what the nsa was up to. but other officials say president obama or at least his white house staff knew all abou
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from germany to australia. one report claiming not only was the nsa tapping the private cell phone of the chancellor of germany, angela merkel, ever since 2010, but that president obama knew about it. the nsa hitting back, trashing the report with this statement, saying, general alexander did not discuss with president obama in 2010 this alleged foreign intelligence operation involving german chancellor merkel. nor has he ever discussed alleged operations involving chancellor merkel. newsroom reports claiming otherwise are simply not true. germany may be in the spotlight, but that's one of just 30 countries. u.s. allies saying they're furious at the alleged extent of nsa surveillance on their turf. today, the u.s. ambassador to spain was called in for a dressing down by the spanish foreign minister. a spanish newspaper publishing a shocking number, 60. 6-0 million phone calls of average citizens intercepted by the nsa in the past year alone. so joining me now, christiane amanpour, cnn's chief international correspondent and a professor at princeton university. christiane to you, fi
.s. officials reports that the nsa ended a program used to spy on german chancellor angela merkel and some other top world leaders after an internal white house review this summer. meanwhile a top republican lawmaker is defending the nsa surveillance program abroad saying it keeps allies "safe." congressman mike rogers told our candy crowley the reports that the u.s. spied on millions of french citizens is misguided. >> maybe there's something more to that. i argue if the french citizens knew exactly what that was about they'd be applauding and popping champagne corks. it's a good thing, keeps the french safe t keeps the u.s. safe t keeps our european allies safe so this whole notion that we're going to go after each other on what is really legitimate protection of nation state interests i think is disingenuous candidly. >> mike rogers calling it disingenuous, something like that classic scene from "casablanca." >> everybody is to leave here immediately. this cafe is closed until further notice. clear the room at once! >> how can he close me up? >> i'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is g
about what the nsa is up to. >> plus, another twist in the aaron hernandez case. investigators are looking at whether he was involved in gun trafficking. >> and is it real or is this just rhetoric? russian president vladimir putin welcomes all olympians, regardless of sexual orientation. we're going to dig into that. you are live in the "cnn newsroom." >>> good morning, everyone. i'm poppy harlow in today for carol costello. >> and i'm martin savidge. questions about nsa spying on world leaders. what did president obama know and when did he know it? today, the directors of the national intelligence and nsa testify on capitol hill. the president has ordered a review of intelligence gathering. cnn's jim sciutto joins us from washington. >> reporter: the administration now considering hard limits on intelligence gathering. particularly of word leaders overseas. this is part of a see view that began this summer. the same review which is how the white house says the president first learned on spying on foreign leaders such as german's angela merkel. saying the president did not know
is the highest level official to visit since morsey's ou ouster. his trial begins tomorrow. >>> after nsa edward snowden met with a german lawmaker in moscow he reportedly said he is willing to testify. he will go to nogermany as longs that country doesn't send him to the us. he said in a manifesto today that he feels justified in spilling intelligence secrets. the german lawmaker who met edward snowden said the confessed leaker wants to testify in front of congress. >> he stressed that he is ready to come before the german parliament to testify and that he would rather go before the pairliment and put the facts on the table. >> she says he is making his own decisions and is not being manipulated by the russians. >> despite the police state surveillance state we have been turning into. i think he would love to come back some day if the conditions plitly were different. >> nsa chief alexander, the turmoil now giving him second thoughts on whether spying on al lies like german chancellor merkel was worth it. >> i think those partnerships have greater value than some of the collection and we ought
. >>> allegations that the nsa was spying on the german chancellor angela merkel, and we asked who could have authorized such a mission? >> the revelations about the nsa spying have embarrassed washington but who is responsible? i had a chance to speak with someone who actually ran the nsa as well as the cia. michael hayden. listen in. i asked him who could give the order to spy on the leader of a friendly country. >> what you get are very specific intelligence requirements from our national command authority, and they are laid out to the intelligence community and then the intelligence community goes forward and lays out a collection plan the best way to get that very needed information. occasionally, fareed, occasionally, what you have is political guidance kind of being placed on top of your operational planning. i had political guidance while i was director of nsa. i had targets. i had legitimate needs, but i was told frankly back off, that target's too sensitive. i don't want you doing that at this time for this purpose. >> does that mean that somebody in the white house very high up wou
or nsa? >> all the findings that came out, he was very sun either and thought ts after the abused their power. >> stephanie elam is in los angeles this morning with more. good morning, stephanie. >> reporter: good morning. the woman knows of the people who lived in this place with the shooter and it was very strike to go hear how everything went down. and if you listen to a little bit more of the conversation they had, it helps to paint a picture of what they realize was happening. >> at that moment that they're seeing this on the tv, their third roommate comes back and says i just dropped off paul at l.a.x.. and they knew he had just dropped off paul to a shooting. >> absolutely disturbing to hear that, carol. now what we also know is where the shooter is from in the southern new jersey. they got text messages, his family did, his younger brother, his dad saw them apparently and alerted the chief of police in their town. that police officer then reached out to los angeles, they did a welfare check, they got got, this all happening around 10:30 in the morning on friday pacific tim
me now? >> did he ever express any hatred toward the government or toward the tsa? >> all nsa findings that came out this year that he was very upset about it and he also thought that tsa abused their power. >> well let's bring in stephanie elam, who is covering the story from los angeles. stephanie, were police actually close to stopping this before it happened? there are these suggestions they were pretty close. >> pretty close, wolf, indeed what we're understanding now is that at some point friday morning, paul anthony ciancia texted his family in new jersey, reportedly telling them that he planned to commit suicide. the father then reached out to the police chief in their town in new jersey, who then called out to los angeles police department, to make sure they would go do a welfare check. they got to the apartment some 45 minutes after ciancia had left for the airport with one roommate. at that point, they handcuffed the other roommate, questioned them and from what we can tell, they discerned so far, that they believe ciancia had acted alone. if they had gotten there ea
are accusing the president of being a bystander. i mean, when you look at the nsa spying. when you see the mess that has been the obama care rollout the sound bites from president obama. i didn't know, i didn't know. now you have the poll numbers to really prove it. i don't want to get into what the president did know or not, but on a pure optics level, it looks bad, am i wrong? >> yeah. >> tell me why i'm wrong, chris kofinas? >> obviously, the poll numbers aren't good, that prr pretty self-evident. a lot to explain. bystander president is a little harsh. the reality is he is the president and he is accountable and the buck stops with him, we all understand that. there are challenges and the realities of governing a country like it united states where he can't be on top and control everything. that means you have to hold the people under you accountable. now, i think what's happening there is that. >> he's not. people are saying he's not accountable. >> no, i think he made it very clear. >> i think in terms of the website that it's going to be fixed. he made it very clear in terms of the nsa t
congress, the american congress. snowden, whose nsa leaks are still rattling cages met with a german lawmaker in moscow. fred pleitgen is in germany with more. >> reporter: hi, carol. i have the letter, it's interesting because it doesn't mention germany by name. the operative part of this letter says "i hope when the difficulties of this humanitarian situation" meaning the limbo he's in, in russia "have been resolved and i will be able to cooperate in the responsible finding of fact regarding the reports in the media" that of course pertains to the documents behind a lot of the media reports regarding the nsa for instance spying on the german chancellor but a lot of other things disclosed recently and from that and from his talks with edward snoweden this german lawmakers discerns that snowden would be able to travel to germany to testify in front of german parliament about the leaks coming out or perhaps stay in russia and have members of german parliament come there. there are a lot of hurdles. one of the things that snowden apparently also wants is to be assured he will not be de
of google and yahoo? no way. this is according to the nsa chief, general keith alexander. he's slamming a washington post report alleging exactly that. he said that never happened. he says it is factually incorrect. he says companies like yahoo and google are compelled to work with the nsa through court orders and those orders come with specific requirements that are almost always linked to terrorist cases. >>> not a good day to be kathleen sebelius. grilled over obama care and the launch of the healthcare.gov website. she tells a political committee today that she's sorry. >> i am as frustrated and angry as anyone with the flawed launch of healthhealthcare.gov, so lety directly to these americans, you deserve better. i apologize. >> the obama care website only part of the three and a half hour grilling. secretary sebelius got from the house energy and commerce committee. the rest of it ranged from cost and president obama's pledge if you like your insurance, you can keep it, to red herrings, red solo cups, and the wizard of oz. throughout the entire hearing today, the healthcare.gov we
didn't know about the irs targeting tea party groups, that he was out of the loop on nsa eavesdropping, and the latest episode, not knowing about the technical problems plaguing the obama care website before its october 1 launch date. so is the president being shielded by his own staff? let's bring in presidential historian allen lickman, a professor at american university, professor lickman, good to see you. >> same here. >> so is this customary that the president may not know everything? >> of course, the president doesn't know everything. but it's also customary to have plausible denial when things go wrong to say the president didn't know it. as a political historian, my opinion is always that the president knows regardless of what his aides may say. and barack obama is a hands-on president. he has his fingers in every pie. of course, he knew about these things. he might not have known the fine detail, but i firmly believe he knew the broad outlines -- >> but if the president knows stuff, then the president runs a great risk -- his credibility, everything is on the line by his spok
express hatred toward the government or the tsa. >> all the nsa findings that came out this year, he was upset and he thought tsa abused their power. >> cnn has confirmed this photo making its rounds online is legitimate. it shows ciancia was not wearing any sort of special protective clothing when he was shot. she is still listed in critical condition at ucla medical center. and the l.a. county coroner has confirmed tsa worker gerardo hernandez died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. he's the first tsa official to die in the line of duty since the agency was created in 2001. >> and in the frantic moments after gerardo hernandez was shot and killed, airport police reacted very quickly. they were 60 seconds behind ciancia, but could that reaction time have been quicker? could armed tsa agents have prevented something as horrendous as what played out at terminal three on friday. eric holder said this morning they will need to reassess after the investigation is complete. >> the investigation obviously under way, and part of that investigation will be a review of the security measu
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